Tuesday, June 30, 2009

a few of my favorite things...

This is my favorite song right now. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked up the video on YouTube and it was filmed in Dallas. Holla!


This has to be my all time favorite commercial. I think it's because I love driving listening to music...just like the hamsters.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wanna get away?

I've had the nagging desire to go on a vacation for the last week.Yesterday that desire was greatly intensified as I stood on the HOV lane of 635 in the 100+ degree heat. I took Ashley, the 15 year old I've babysat for 5 years now, to Rockwall for a dentist appointment. I drove her mom's Escalade so that she could watch Transformers on the way there and back because she hadn't seen it and had plans to see the second one at midnight last night.

Just as I was going from I-30 to the 635 North HOV lane I started to feel the car pulling to the right a little. I looked down to see the "check tire pressure light" come on. Within 20 seconds I started to feel the car pulling more to the right. At this point I'm on a gigantic overpass in a totally blocked in HOV lane. I start to slow down because luckily no one is behind me at this point. Within another 20 seconds it really starts pulling to the right so I slowed down even more and turned on the hazard lights. Right at that moment the wheel started shaking back and forth violently and the tire completely blows up and off the car. I was able to maintain control and come to a complete stop, but at this point I'm slightly panicked because we're completely stopped in the far left lane with no shoulder and cars are coming down from the overpass at 70 mph straight at us.

They had Onstar so we called immediately and the police were out in about 15 minutes along with a slightly rude and abrupt DART worker who changed the tire. There was a language barrier between me and the DART worker and compounding the problem was the fact that I had never driven this car before and I had absolutely no idea how anything worked or where anything was. At one point he almost stabbed their back-up sensors with a large pocket knife. Sheesh!

Thankfully we got the tire changed and we were back on our way safely. (After standing on the highway for about 45 minutes in the heat...which according to the rearview mirror was 111 degrees!). So the moral of the story is to check your tires and keep them properly inflated/without nails!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Wilderness Trek



Last Sunday night Bryan and I decided to go on a walk around 6:45pm. We had a movie to return so we walked up to Blockbuster (we can practically see Blockbuster from our porch) and then we walked through a neighborhood and up to the new Byron Nelson High School. We peeked in some windows and I have to say the school is awesome! I almost...ALMOST...wish I were 14 and going to school there next year. Everything is going to be so beautiful! They really took advantage of the natural landscape and created a big fountain area and a courtyard with outdoor walkways connecting the two large buildings.


Anyway...I'm now getting to the "Wilderness" part of our trek. Adjacent to the new high school is a large section of new home developments coming in. We noticed that there was a little creek with a concrete sidewalk that had been built behind these new subdivisions. We started walking down the path and we were really enjoying ourselves. Before we knew it we had been walking for about half an hour and the sun was starting to set. We figured it couldn't be much further til we came out the other side of this little path and made it back to the main road.

Then...in the distance...I saw something looking at me. And by "in the distance" I mean across a small pond. There he stood...Mr. Coyote. Just as I slowed down and pointed him out to Bryan he lifted his head and stared straight at us. He then turn and slowly walked with his head down back into some trees (which were right next to the path mind you).

So we did what any other normal people would do...we each picked up large wooden stakes that were along the path holding up a fence to use as weapons if necessary. It was starting to get dark and we'd already gone too far to know if it would be faster to turn around or keep going. So we decided to pick up our pace to a jog (while holding the wooden stakes). This "little jog" went on for at least a mile when we then saw a family of deer up ahead on the path. There was a doe, a buck, and a fawn (I think it's called a fawn). We stopped running and stood there staring at them while all three of them just stared right back at us. Then we picked up running again and all the deer took off.

Finally we came upon a little family with a stroller (so we hurried and dropped the stakes...you know to play it cool). We told them about the coyote and the deer and they asked if that's why we were running. I said we thought it was getting dark and we were trying to get back to the main road. They said their mom lived in a house just up the road and that's why they were out there. We rejoiced that we were finally back to civilization.

Then we saw the little house out in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE! We started back into our jog down the longest dirt driveway I've ever seen! We finally made it to the main road where we slowed back down to a walk! By the time we got home it was after 9:00 and we were both blistered and sore!

Because I'm a nerd here's a map of the path we took! It was actually a lot of fun...I just think next time we'll come prepared with better weaponry! Or maybe take a bike instead of going on foot.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It's cool to pee your pants


It's week 9 and I'm loving boot camp! It's been so much fun feeling like I accomplish something every morning! For the first 7 weeks or so it was pretty cold outside so I would wear cotton capri length yoga pants, a tshirt and most of the time a jacket. Well about a week or so ago it was suddenly 65 degrees outside instead of the usual 45 and I started sweating profusely during all the running. I then realized that the sweat had pooled in the crotchular region of my thick yoga pants making it appear as if I had peed in my pants. This revelation came about 10 minutes into the hour long class.


Oh yeah...I also forgot to mention that during boot camp we run laps around a Southlake elementary school...during early morning drop off. The entire time I ran I wondered how many Porshe Cayanne driving mothers thought I was a crazed lunatic running in urine soaked capris.


Since this experience I requested 3 pair of running shorts for my birthday so that I would be adequetly cooled and no longer humiliated. I vow from this day forward to only wear weather appropriate sweat wicking fabrics. Thank you for your time.


PS: The above picture is Fergie from Black Eyed Peas. Not me!



Friday, April 3, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Oops

Sorry for the chiropractic related post...I was logged into the wrong blogger account. I'll try to think of a good story or something to make up for the work related post. Stay tuned...

Spinal Screenings







We have just upgraded our care to include technology that has benefited NASA, Super Bowl Champions, Olympic gold medalists and numerous A-list celebrities.

You don't have to be an astronaut or a world-class athlete to want your body operating efficiently. This technology will allow us to have a greater impact on the overall health of our community.

The technology - known as the Insight Discovery Subluxation Station - was born from a partnership between NASA and the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), a New Jersey-based company. The Insight allows chiropractors to scan their patients' neurospinal health. These scans easily and accurately identify areas of nerve interference that may be preventing one's nervous system from operating efficiently. When one's nervous system is functioning at peak capacity, the human body has more energy, a greater resistance to disease and less need for pain. Once pinpointed via the technology, chiropractic adjustments are then utilized to remove the area(s) of nerve disruption.
NASA has used the technology to evaluate the physical attributes of astronauts. The space agency and CLA were recently praised on Capitol Hill for introducing this technology to the general public.

We can now offer proof as to the need for care and the progress that one can make while under care.


This technology got a lot of use this past weekend at two local events - the Keller KidsFest and Medlin Mardi Gras (at Medlin Middle School in Trophy Club). We had a great time getting to know more people in the community and educating them about the importance of their nervous system. Here are a few pictures from the weekend...even a giant lizard wanted to get scanned!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Countess


I've been watching The Real Housewives of New York City. Does anyone else watch this ridiculous show??? I don't really find any of the "characters" that endearing...but at times I like Luann (who is also a countess) the most. Then she gets into some kind of confrontational arguement with someone and I don't like her anymore. If you like reality tv...as I do...then watch this one! Your husbands/boyfriends/fathers will love you for it.




Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kylea and the Countess?

I went to lunch yesterday with my college friend Marci and she asked me if I'd heard about the Countess from Sweden, Marie Douglas David, who is trying to get a ton of money from her ex-husband to keep up with her "lifestyle". Evidently her "lifestyle" requires $53,000 per week...my kind of lady! (was that out loud?)

Anyway...I hadn't heard about her and the reason Marci had asked was because her and her husband saw the woman on the news and Scott, her husband, blurted out "She looks just like Kylea." Of course I went straight back to work and "googled" her. I'm not sure if we look alike or not...so I'll put it to a blogger vote (if anyone even reads this or cares...no hurt feelings either way).

Do I look like this woman??? If so then I'm planning to a little "bait and switch" in the courtroom. Bryan and I could really use $53,000 a week!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Come here Bandit!

For 3 1/2 years I lived in a high-rise condo in Dallas. I now live in a one story "ground level" townhome in Trophy Club. I'm happy with either...but there have been a few things that have taken some getting used to. For one, in Dallas on the 8th floor I felt that I could walk around in my underwear and if anyone in the office building across the way was there that early and or late and had chosen my window to look in with their binoculars then so be it. Heck that would be kind of flattering in a creepy way. (kidding) I also didn't have to worry about bugs. In over 3 years I only saw two that were strong enough to fly up to my balcony and through the open door. We also had a stow-away gecko from my parents house once but that's another story. The third difference has been the issue of taking out the trash. In Dallas I walked down the hall and dropped my trash bag into a magical chute never to see it again. In Trophy Club I walk 5 feet out the door and leave it on the corner of the street and then see it again in the morning...being torn open by a neighbors chihuahua. Which leads me to 2 nights ago...

Around 10pm in my pajamas I decide to go take the trash outside so I won't forget in the morning. When I get there I see across the street a raccoon digging in my neighbor's trash. I immediately put down my trash bag and run inside to get Bryan. I think raccoon's are really cute and I love their little man hands. I go in saying "Bryan! I found us a new pet! Can we keep him?" He comes outside with me and we're standing about 20 feet from Bandit (oh yeah I named him Bandit) and I'm half yelling half whispering "Hey Bandit! Come here buddy! You wanna come live with Kylea??" At the time he looked something like this:



I'm really doing all this for Bryan's entertainment fully expecting Bandit to turn and run away from the giant humans. Instead he gets up on his hind legs, looks me right in the eye, and takes off full speed straight at us. So we turn and run inside while I scream "Ahhh...maybe Bandit's is rabid!" He now (in my mind's eye) looks like this:



After calming down inside I send Bryan out with a broom to shoo Bandit away and bring our trash back in the house so I don't have to face the neighbors and anything personal that might be lurking in the bag just waiting for Bandit to put on display. We then laid in bed coming up with scenarios of Bandit waiting inside for us when we got home from work one day, or pranking us by knocking on our door and running every night. Please don't hurt us Bandit...I come in peace!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Preschool Stars

I also just realized I never posted my video from Camille and Olivia's program. Camille hammed it up as usual and Olivia never missed a word and did a few little "Miss America" poses for us :) I love them so much and can't believe how much they've changed! (I'd also like to give a shout-out to Annaleigh Frantz...I love that she's friends with my niece and I'm friends with her mommy!)
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Dedication


I just completed my second week of boot camp! I'm loving it! My jeans are getting baggy :) woo hoo! The weather the last 3 days has been really gross. Wednesday he cancelled it due to lightening, yesterday I slept in but TODAY I drug my booty out of bed and went. This photo is me just after returning this morning from my 1 hour session...I'm wearing long underwear, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, a tshirt, a fleece, windbreaker and gloves. I'm not cut out for winter!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Home is where the TV is

We have not had ANY television in our home since we moved in on December 15th... At first we were just too busy to really notice or care. Plus with Christmastime came lots of DVDs and so we had plenty to watch in the evenings. Then last week after I watched every season of The Office again I realized it was time. So today I spent 6 hours sitting around the house making small talk with the Dish Network Installer. I plan to set my DVR to record my favorite shows while sitting in my pajamas on the couch tonight :) Now our little rental can feel like home again...because what's a home without 52" of glorious trash?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Facebook Addiction

I admit that I'm addicted to facebook...I only pray that I'm not this annoying in real life.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Birthday to Kimberly :)


The Birthday Girl and Brandon!


Camille and Noah!



Sweet Emmie Lou!




The Party Animals!!!


Noah asked me to get a picture when he blew out his noise maker!

Nathan and Angie!

Today is my sister-in-law, Kimberly's, Birthday!! Happy Birthday! We went to Kincaid's last night for a little Birthday dinner with friends and here are some of the photos.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Boot Camp

No, Bryan has not sent me away due to bad behavior... I just signed up to participate in a 2 month boot camp. Some of you may remember that I made it through 3 whole days of this program last fall...and then my knee swelled up and hurt and I had to quit. They've graciously allowed me to participate again (well...I DID pay in full for 2 months before and only use 3 days of it...but they probably could've said no and in my weakened state I would've taken it!)

All of this to say if there's anyone out there that wants to get in awesome shape with me by summertime then sign up now!!! I'm going at 6:55 am and it's in Southlake www.bod-squad.com. I lost like 6 pounds those 3 days I did participate last fall and I'm excited about the possibility of being back in shape again! I'd love some moral support though! I'll be sporting a knee brace this time and plan to take it easy on the running portion till I feel stronger. Wish me luck!

Also, sorry for the lack of blogging. My life has been crazy busy!!! Hapka Chiropractic has been open for business since the first of the year and we've already got some awesome new patients! It's been really fun to see people transform from pain ridden to pain-free and happy! We're also all moved into our new place in Trophy Club and I've been trying to make it feel more like home! I'll always love my condo in Dallas...sniffle... Trophy Club is great though, and it's especially nice to not have to constantly watch my back when going to the grocery store :)

It's also been especially nice to be back around old friends again! I feel like I've been able to reconnect with some of my lifelong friends from childhood/high school and I love that we can pick up right where we left off! My "precious" Laurie (Garrison) Frantz now lives only 10 minutes from my doorstep! After many years (9 I think...) of living miles and even states apart we're now back together! (singing) Reunited and it feels so good!

PS: Hapka Chiropractic now has it's own blog - hapkachiropractic.blogspot.com Add us to your friends list :)